Published: Sat, August 11, 2018
Worldwide | By Stella Potter

Cal Fire Mechanic Killed In Crash On Way To Battle Carr Fire

Cal Fire Mechanic Killed In Crash On Way To Battle Carr Fire

They want to encircle the fire before it can devour neighbourhoods and take lives, as big fires still burning in northern California have done.

The head of the Orange County team fighting the Holy Fire said the blaze had started near Clark's cabin in Jim Canyon. One then swoops in low behind a row of houses before opening its bay doors and dumping its load of flame retardant liquid over the ground.

The Carr Fire has burned 177,450 acres as of Thursday morning. The fire is burning about an hour east of the ocean near the town of Lake Elsinore.

Meanwhile, two major wildfires - one called the Mendocino Complex Fire that is the largest in California history - were burning more than 160 kilometres north of Sacramento.

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The fire is only 5% contained and is being fuelled by dry bush and erratic winds.

Its largest blaze, the Ranch Fire, was only 53 percent contained compared to 87 percent for its twin River Fire.

Beginning on 27 July, the Mendocino Complex fires are now burning in Mendocino, Lake and Colusa counties and have so far scorched over 300,000 acres of land and destroyed over 100 homes.

Earlier this week law enforcement identified that human, arresting Forrest Gordon Clark on two counts of felony arson, one count of felony to terrorize and another count of misdemeanor resisting arrest. He is being held on $1 million bail and faces life in prison if convicted.

His wife and their two daughters have left but the 38-year-old said: 'Until this thing is barking at my door, I'm going to stick with it'. He also claimed he had been threatened by the MS-13 gang. He had been assigned to fight the Carr Fire in Redding, Calif.

He said they were still working through the evidence to determine how it was started.

The Holy Fire, is burning to the east of Trabuco Canyon near the border of Orange County and Riverside County within the Cleveland National Forest.

Residents living in the communities of Phelan/Pinon Hills are reporting heavy ash falling along with a strong smell of smoke that has blanketed the area prompting 911 to receive multiple reports of an alleged fire nearby. Later came another expletive-laden text that ended with the ominous warning: "The place is going to burn just like you planned".

He had been scheduled to appear before the court on Thursday but refused to leave his jail cell.

"On behalf of all Californians, we honor Andrew and the many other fearless firefighters and emergency responders who have risked their lives to protect others", Gov. (The Orange County Sheriff's Department via Reuters) A resident of Holy Jim Canyon in the forest was scheduled for a court hearing Friday on charges that he deliberately set the fire.

The 279-square-mile Carr Fire had already killed two other firefighters, a utility worker along with three members of one family, and has destroyed almost 1,100 homes.

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